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ECE Program Probation and Deficiency Policy - Effective Spring 2018

 

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Table of Contents

Academic Probation

ECE Major Probation

ECE Probation Phase Program

ECE Dismissal

Academic Drop Status

Readmission

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Probation

Effective Fall 2015, a student at Purdue University shall be placed on academic probation if their fall or spring semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than a 2.00. A student on academic probation shall be removed from that standing at the end of the first subsequent fall or spring semester in which they achieve semester and cumulative GPAs equal to or greater than 2.00. Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the GPA and determination of probation standing. Academic standing will not be assessed in summer sessions.  

ECE Major Probation

Effective Spring 2018, an undergraduate student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) will be placed on ECE major probation if their ECE GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than 2.00. A student on probation will be removed from that status at the end of the first subsequent semester in which they achieve an ECE GPA equal to or greater than 2.00. Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the ECE GPA and redetermination of probation status. This policy is in addition to Purdue University’s academic deficiency policy outlined above; it is therefore possible for a student to be in good standing with the university but be placed on ECE major probation. 

 

ECE PROBATION PHASE PROGRAM

Effective Spring 2018, a student who is placed on academic probation or ECE major probation for the first time after joining ECE is placed on Phase I probation status. Each following semester that results in academic probation or ECE major probation will cause the student to be moved to the next phase of the ECE probation process. These semesters need not be consecutive, meaning that a student who has been at Phase I status does not start again at Phase I after a semester of good standing.

PHASE I

Students on Phase I probation will be required to sign an ECE Academic Progress Initiative plan of action with their academic advisor. Per this action plan, ECE students on probation may not enroll in more than 15 credit hours except by approval of the ECE Undergraduate Advising Office. Students still on probation at the end of the semester who do not complete the requirements outlined in their action plan by the assigned deadlines will be in violation of the ECE Academic Probation Policy, which will result in the student being moved to the next probation phase.

 

PHASE II

Students on Phase II probation must meet all requirements outlined in Phase I in addition to signing a contract verifying that the student understands Purdue University’s and ECE’s probation, dismissal, and drop policies. Actions to explore other majors are encouraged but not required.

 

PHASE III

Students on Phase III probation must meet all requirements for students outlined in Phases I and II. Additionally, action plans for students in Phase III must require major exploration as well as the signing of CODO paperwork.

 

ECE Dismissal

Effective Spring 2018, ECE students still on probation as defined by Purdue University and/or the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the end of Phase III will be dismissed from the school, regardless of their academic standing with Purdue University. During Phase III, students may receive their registration PINs for the following semester. However, students whose Phase III semesters result in dismissal are not eligible to receive future registration PINs from their ECE advisor after that point. In order to remain a Purdue University student, affected students must CODO to another program within that time. Students who complete the Phase III semester in good academic standing but who later earn academic probation or ECE major probation will similarly be dismissed from the school.

 

Students may appeal the dismissal decision by submitting a written rationale to the ECE Undergraduate Advising Office no later than 10 business days after the specified semester grades are posted on the student’s transcript.

Academic Drop Status

Students on academic probation as defined by Purdue University who do not make sufficient academic progress may be dropped from the University regardless of their standing within ECE. Effective Fall 2015, a student on academic probation as defined by Purdue University shall be dropped from the University at the close of any fall or spring semester in which his/her semester and cumulative GPA is less than a 2.00. Re-admit students have the additional requirement of achieving a minimum semester GPA of 2.00 or higher at the conclusion of their first semester on re-admit status in order to avoid being academically dropped.

 

Students on drop status cannot take classes from any Purdue campus for a minimum of one semester (summer sessions do not count) but may take classes at another institution. While students often feel that being placed on DROP status is a punishment, it is really an opportunity for the student to step back from their studies and identify the root cause(s) of their academic difficulties. It is important that the student take personal responsibility for their academic situation and make every effort to form an objective evaluation of it. It may be necessary to seek professional counseling in order to accomplish this. Once the root cause(s) of the problem has been identified, the student can take appropriate corrective action. This may include taking courses to strengthen specific academic weaknesses or taking a full-time job to learn responsibility and develop an appreciation for the educational opportunity that they may be losing. Or, perhaps the academic problems are the result of personal/family issues that need to be addressed before the student continues with his/her education.

 

If a student does elect to take courses at another institution while on DROP status, there should not be the expectation that all these courses will apply towards Purdue degree requirements. Courses should be chosen primarily to strengthen academic weaknesses, not to continue progress towards a degree. Therefore, in most instances, transfer credit for technical courses taken at another institution while on DROP status will not be accepted.

 

Every student's situation is unique and it will take a determined effort by the student to identify and overcome their particular obstacle to success. However, if the student makes this effort and readmission is granted, there is every reason to believe that they can return and successfully complete her/his degree.

Readmission

Students who are dropped for the first time cannot take classes from any Purdue campus for a minimum of one semester (summer sessions do not count) and though readmission is not guaranteed, are eligible to apply for readmission to any Purdue campus after that stop-out period. If a student is dropped from the University a second time, they cannot take classes from any Purdue campus for a minimum of 1 year. Students who are readmitted are on probation and subject to all academic probation stipulations. For more detailed information about readmission, visit Purdue's website on How to Apply for Readmission.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How are Purdue University’s and ECE’s definitions of probation different?

‚ÄčA student at Purdue University shall be placed on academic probation if their fall or spring semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than a 2.00.

An ECE student will be placed on academic probation if their fall or spring semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than a 2.00. Effective Spring 2018, ECE students will be placed on ECE major probation if their ECE GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than a 2.00, regardless of their academic standing with Purdue University.

  • Purdue University says I’m in good academic standing; am I on probation?

Effective Spring 2018, ECE students will be placed on ECE major probation if their ECE GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than a 2.00, regardless of their academic standing with Purdue University. Therefore, it is possible to be in good academic standing with Purdue University but still be on ECE major probation.

  • How does being on probation affect me?

Being on probation means that you are at risk of being dropped from the University and/or being dismissed from ECE if you do not improve your grades and make sufficient academic progress. It also means that you are limited to taking a maximum of 15 credit hours during your probation semester and that you may be ineligible to CODO to another program should that be something you are interested in. Many programs require CODO students to at least be in good academic standing as defined by Purdue University. Additionally, students on academic probation are not eligible to enroll in ECE 47000 and consequentially may be ineligible to participate in an internship.

  • If I take classes during the summer and perform well can I get off of probation?

No, regardless of whether a student performs well or performs poorly, academic standing is not recalculated during the summer session.

  • Does ECE major probation show on my transcript like academic probation?

No, ECE major probation is tracked within ECE and is not noted on a student’s official or unofficial transcript.

  • Will I be dropped from the university if I am on academic probation for two (or more) consecutive semesters?

Not necessarily, as in order to be dropped from the University a student's cumulative and semester GPA must both be below 2.00. It is possible to remain on academic probation for more than one semester. However, at the end of Phase III, ECE students still on probation as defined by Purdue University and/or the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be dismissed from the school, regardless of their academic standing with Purdue University. Additionally, students who complete the Phase III semester in good academic standing but who later earn academic probation or ECE major probation will similarly be dismissed from the school.

  • Can I be dropped at the end of the semester if Purdue University says I’m in good academic standing but ECE says I’m on ECE major probation?

ECE major probation is a policy specific to ECE and therefore does not play a role in Purdue University’s decision to drop students. However, ECE major probation is used within ECE to determine eligibility for dismissal from ECE.